City named a top place to live
August 13, 2009
By Tim Pfarr
Newcastle came in at No. 17 in CNN and Money Magazine’s 2009 list of the top-100 small towns in which to live in the nation.
The annual list takes school quality, home price, number of job opportunities, crime rate and other factors into consideration to determine what cities make the cut.
Newcastle’s description on the list recognizes The Golf Club at Newcastle as well as the city’s proximity to the facilities of Boeing and Microsoft as positive aspects of the town.
“I think it’s tremendous to get national recognition for something we already know, and that is that Newcastle is a tremendous place to live,” said John Starbard, city manager.
Newcastle Deputy Mayor Dan Hubbell said he was pleased as well.
“These are the sorts of surveys I read growing up,” he said, adding that he was happy the city was discovered in the nationwide search.
The list, which included cities with populations between 8,500 and 50,000, included four other Washington cities as well: Mukilteo (No. 10), Sammamish (No. 12), Richland (No. 51) and Silverdale (No. 92).
Newcastle residents were excited to hear the news, and many expressed positive feelings toward the city. Michelle Mix, who has lived in Newcastle for five years, was one who said she loves living here.
“Everything’s close to where I live,” she said, adding that she enjoys how the closeness allows her to walk to places instead of drive.
“Everything I need is convenient and accessible,” she said.
Resident Maddison Small, 17, said she also enjoys living in Newcastle.
“I really like it,” she said, “except for the construction.”
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